The Conquerors

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The Conquerors describes the struggle between the Kuomintang and the Communists in the Cantonese revolution of the 1920s. It is both an exciting war story and a gallery of intellectual portraits: a ruthless Bolshevik revolutionary, a disillusioned master of propaganda, a powerful Chinese pacifist, and a young anarchist. Each of these "conquerors" will be crushed by the revolution they try to control.

In a new Foreword, Herbert R. Lottman discusses the political background of the...

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Overview

The Conquerors describes the struggle between the Kuomintang and the Communists in the Cantonese revolution of the 1920s. It is both an exciting war story and a gallery of intellectual portraits: a ruthless Bolshevik revolutionary, a disillusioned master of propaganda, a powerful Chinese pacifist, and a young anarchist. Each of these "conquerors" will be crushed by the revolution they try to control.

In a new Foreword, Herbert R. Lottman discusses the political background of the book, and the extent to which Malraux invented the history he wrote about.

"[The Conquerors] is a valuable introduction to Malraux himself, who would, like his fictional counterpart, become an analgam of talents as novelist, essayist, Leftist and Gaullist, Resistance hero and art critic. He was among the most 'universal' of French men of letters."—Choice

"The novel can be enjoyed as a remarkable work of modernism. With images derived from the silent cinema and prose from the telegraph, it moves at a tremendous pace. Canton all comes to violent life, seen as though from a speeding car."—Kirkus

"No other writer of the 20th century had the same capacity to translate his personal adventure into a meeting with history and a dialogue of civilization."—Carlos Fuentes, New York Times Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Malraux based this tale of a Bolshevik revolutionary at odds with a European anarchist upon his experiences in China during the 1920 revolution. This ``lively translation'' of the 1928 French classic is still ``remarkably relevant,'' said PW in a 1976 review. Other Malraux novels now available from the University of Chicago Press include The Temptation of the West and The Walnut Trees of Altenburg . Dec.
Carlos Fuentes
No other writer of the twentieth century has the same capacity to translate this personal adventure into a meeting with history and a dialogue with civilization. -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226502908
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Series: Phoenix Fiction Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

André Malraux (1901-76) served as Minister of Culture in Charles de Gaulle's cabinet. His many works include Man's Fate, Anti-Memoirs, The Temptation of the West, and The Walnut Trees of Altenburg, the latter two available from the University of Chicago Press.

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